new medication technology saves time and improves patient safety


The soon to open Acute Services Building (ASB) brings an abundance of opportunities to Prince of Wales Hospital, with the introduction of new models of care, innovative new technology and new job opportunities.

Meet Automation and Distribution Pharmacist, Sarah Lam, who has commenced in a newly created position responsible for embedding a gamechanging medication distribution technology known as Automatic Dispensing Cabinets (ADCs).

Working closely with Prince of Wales Hospital nursing, pharmacy and medical staff, as well as the medical technology provider, Sarah and the team will pilot and then embed the ADCs in the ASB and parts of the existing hospital, driving efficiency and enhancing patient safety.

“The introduction of the ADCs will have such a positive impact on staff and patients,” said Sarah. “ADCs provide better visibility of medication inventory on each ward and assist in getting the right medication to the right patient at the right time, freeing up our nurses and pharmacists to focus on patient-centric activities.”

How do ADCs work?

Data-driven medication management allows real time tracking of stock levels of critical medications across the hospital. The automated process allows staff to predict demand and prevent unnecessary stock-outs based on real time inventory.

ADCs support nurses in accurate medication selection via integration with eMR and patient profiling. The time saved can be redirected into face-to-face patient care, making it invaluable and rewarding for nurses and patients alike.

“With the help of the ADCs, there's more time for bedside care because nurses spend less time tracking down medication or safe keys,” said Sarah.

Once the ADCs are rolled out, pharmacy will be responsible for ward imprest top-ups and ensuring wards have all their imprest stock on hand and accurately refilled.

ADCs provide a more efficient way to manage medication expiries and complement existing strategies in medication waste reduction. ADCs also bolster the security of medication within locking bins, minimising the potential for diversion.

“I am looking forward to seeing how the new facilities and technology come together to support our multidisciplinary team in trialling innovative ideas which can advance and improve the way we deliver care to our patients,” said Sarah.

Visit the project page to learn more about the Acute Services Building.